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Zoë Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians.

In 2006, she completed her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf (published as Night of the Mi'raj in the UK) is now being published in thirty countries. A follow-up novel, City of Veils, is now available.

She currently lives in San Francisco.

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Zoë Ferraris Well shoot, there are tons of books and authors out there who do a really good job of showing the complicated, messy, hugely diverse world of the…moreWell shoot, there are tons of books and authors out there who do a really good job of showing the complicated, messy, hugely diverse world of the Middle East. We could talk about this for a while. I think of Anastasia Hobbet's "Small Kingdoms" and Keija Parssinen's "The Ruins of Us." I mention them because they're excellent and a wee bit overlooked, imo. My go-to books by Middle Eastern authors are "Cities of Salt" by Abdulrahman Munif, and "The Yacoubian Building" by Alaa al-Aswany -- both not as popular as, say, Naguib Mahfouz (who I also enjoyed), but they are just as gripping. Also consider Matt Rees's Omar Yussef mysteries....

Is there anything in particular you're longing to read? Mysteries, historical novels, literary fiction? What books can't you stand? (Just curious. :-)))(less)
Zoë Ferraris Maria, I am currently caught up in finishing my first children's book series, The Hunt for the Pyxis, which launches next month. I will be sure to…moreMaria, I am currently caught up in finishing my first children's book series, The Hunt for the Pyxis, which launches next month. I will be sure to post a notification if another Saudi mystery comes out. Thanks so much for asking!(less)
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I am extremely delighted to announce the publication (finally!) of my new children's book, The Hunt for the Pyxis. This is the first in the Galaxy Pirates trilogy, an adventure story for ages 9 and up.School Library Journal says that it’s “absolutely action packed…this first in a series will keep kids reading!”

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“And like some part of himself that, two days ago, had thought pray and propriety were antidote enough to what ailed the world.”
Zoë Ferraris, City of Veils

“I'm sorry about what I said about the police," she said. "I know your friend works for them."

"You have reason," he said. "You don't know what they'll do, and when they become known for doing crazy things, you have no reason to trust them. That's their fault, not yours.”
Zoë Ferraris, City of Veils
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“I sometimes think that it’s the only way evil can truly express itself—that is, by distorting religion. It doesn’t surprise me that your killer is using Islam in his perversions. Evil tries to destroy that which is most sacred—and it always fails.”
Zoë Ferraris, Kingdom of Strangers




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